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David Downing is a British author that writes historical mysteries and thrillers. Born in 1946 in London, England, Downing attended the University of Sussex (BA in Afro-Asian Studies, MA in International Relations).
Order of John Russell & Effi Koenen Series
|1||Zoo Station||2007||Description / Buy|
|2||Silesian Station||2008||Description / Buy|
|3||Stettin Station||2009||Description / Buy|
|4||Potsdam Station||2010||Description / Buy|
|5||Lehrter Station||2012||Description / Buy|
|6||Masaryk Station||2013||Description / Buy|
|7||Wedding Station||2021||Description / Buy|
Order of Jack McColl Series
|1||Jack of Spies||2013||Description / Buy|
|2||One Man's Flag||2015||Description / Buy|
|3||Lenin's Roller Coaster||2017||Description / Buy|
|4||The Dark Clouds Shining||2018||Description / Buy|
Order of Leading Lives Series with Anna Claybourne
|1||Joseph Stalin (Short Story)||2001||Description / Buy|
|2||Benito Mussolini (Short Story)||2001||Description / Buy|
|3||Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (Short Story)||2002||Description / Buy|
|4||Mohandas Gandhi (Short Story)||2002||Description / Buy|
|5||Emmeline Pankhurst (Short Story)||2002||Description / Buy|
|6||Golda Meir (Short Story)||2003||Description / Buy|
|7||Ho Chi Minh (Short Story)||2003||Description / Buy|
|8||Che Guevara (Short Story)||2003||Description / Buy|
|9||Lenin (Short Story)||2020||Description / Buy|
Order of David Downing Standalone Novels
|1||The Moscow Option||1980||Description / Buy|
|2||The Red Eagles||2014||Description / Buy|
|3||Diary of a Dead Man on Leave||2019||Description / Buy|
Order of David Downing Non-Fiction
|1||Future Rock||1976||Description / Buy|
|2||Clint Eastwood (Short Story)||1977||Description / Buy|
|3||The Devil's Virtuosos||1977||Description / Buy|
|4||War Without End, Peace Without Hope||1978||Description / Buy|
|5||Charles Bronson||1982||Description / Buy|
|6||Jack Nicholson||1983||Description / Buy|
|7||Marlon Brando||1984||Description / Buy|
|8||Robert Redford||1985||Description / Buy|
|9||Robert Mitchum||1986||Description / Buy|
|10||A Dreamer Of Pictures||1995||Description / Buy|
|11||Passovotchka||1999||Description / Buy|
|12||The Best of Enemies||2000||Description / Buy|
|13||Yasser Arafat (Short Story)||2002||Description / Buy|
|14||Sealing Their Fate||2009||Description / Buy|
The 1970s found him on a memorable journey to India, leading him through Iran and Afghanistan. He also made several visits to the Soviet Union. Before penning fiction, Downing worked as a freelance writer for various rock magazines. The most prominent was ‘Let It Rock.’
Later, he wrote ‘Future Rock,’ his first book, which attempted to explore the transformations music would undergo in the future. Although people know Downing primarily for his historical fiction.
The author created the Station series, which followed John Russell, a reporter and reluctant hero, and his girlfriend as they attempted to navigate life in a world caught in the throes of the Second World War.
People flocked to the series because of the relentless oppression and hopelessness that blanketed Berlin, drowning the setting’s inhabitants in despair. John Russell is a different kind of protagonist because he never changes, at least not on a fundamental level. At worst, his cynicism deepened.
Downing made a deliberate decision to place him in a stable relationship, one in which John and Effi’s future with one another wasn’t in question. Instead, the tension in their relationship originated from the threat of WWII.
They were unfortunate enough to live in a world where doing the right thing was a risky proposition. Some of the author’s followers were surprised when he abandoned WWII for WWI after introducing Jack McColl in 2013.
But for the author, this was a sensible progression because WWI laid the foundation for the consequences his characters had to withstand in the WWII-based John Russel books. Jack couldn’t be more different from John.
While John is fully formed (more or less) from the start, Jack is a blank slate. The protagonist is naive enough to approach the prospect of spying with an element of excitement. This allows Jack to gradually transform as he encounters the complex moral dilemmas surrounding his job.
Downing has written numerous nonfiction articles about border disputes. Therefore, he knows how to perform meticulous research. His books prove as much. He tries to paint an accurate picture of the era his characters inhabit.
He wants his readers to understand the desperate conditions ordinary people tolerated during the First and Second World Wars. Naturally, there are limits to what he can do. For instance, he can’t visit Nazi Berlin to study its ruined streets.
So he relies on the novels and memoirs of people that lived through the great wars, not to mention maps and photographs from those days.
Best David Downing Books
The author writes about the Special Air Service and Special Boat Service using the ‘David Monnery’ name. Downing’s best books include:
Zoo Station: John Russell was living a relatively ordinary life in Berlin in 1939. Because of his German-born son, the journalist was determined to carve out a life for himself in Berlin. He had no intention of getting deported by wading into the murky waters of investigative journalism.
But then the war came knocking, and things changed. John’s problems began when an acquaintance enticed him into working with the Soviets. The work was hard enough, forcing the journalist to participate in dangerous activities like helping a Jewish family.
The British and Nazis made things worse when they noticed his activities and decided to intervene in John’s affairs.
Silesian Station: John Russel thought he could escape. The British Journalist had just secured American Citizenship. The last thing he expected was for the Gestapo to arrest his girlfriend Effi, placing John in an uncomfortable situation.
The Nazies were well aware of his Soviet connections. They wanted him to feed the Soviets false information. Even though John consented to their demands, he had already decided to work for the Soviets in secret.
They had promised to get him, his son, and his girlfriend out of Germany if he performed some simple tasks for them. John accepted the arrangement believing the Soviets wouldn’t ask him to do anything dangerous.
But before long, the situation had escalated, and the Soviets began asking for more than John was willing to give. Meanwhile, a woman from his past with communist leanings had returned. She wanted John’s help.
When Does The Next David Downing book come out?
David Downing doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Wedding Station and was released on March, 2nd 2021. It is the newest book in the John Russell & Effi Koenen Series.